Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Game Preview: New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox 4/25

For the first time in this 2017 Major League Baseball season one of the game’s biggest rivalry kicks off for another season. It’s good old fashioned hate as the New York Yankees make the trip to Bean Town to take on their American League East division rivals in the Boston Red Sox inside historic Fenway Park. The water boy and the bat boy could be the pitching matchup for the evening and these games would still be entertaining but tonight we have a pretty nice pitching matchup as the Yankees send the future of their rotation to the mound in Luis Severino while the Red Sox counter with last year’s American League Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello. Let’s get to it.

Severino has pitched much better as of late including an 11 strikeout performance two starts ago followed up by eight innings and 10 strikeouts in his last start against the Chicago White Sox. Severino did not earn the win in those eight innings but he did keep the Yankees in the game all night long which has to be a confidence builder for him after not notching a victory at all as a starter in 2016.

Porcello’s season has not started out as well as his 2016 campaign and it seems like the right-hander is struggling for any sort of consistency. Porcello notched a victory in his first start before losing each of his next two starts followed by another victory in his last start. In the start against Toronto the 2016 AL Cy Young Award winner gave up three unearned runs on six hits. Will the Yankees get the losing version or the winning version of Porcello tonight? Who knows? Not even Porcello, probably.

The game will be played at 7:10 pm ET inside Fenway Park and can be seen on the YES Network in New York, NESN in Boston, MLB Network nationally and on MLB TV wherever you and your device are. You can also follow along on the radio by giving John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman a listen on WFAN.

Rivalry renewed. Go Yankees!

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